Does a worker ant or a soldier ant wish she had children? If she doesn’t have children, is she obeying the imperatives of her biology and society, or defying them? What is biology and what is choice? What does it feel like to live one’s life in service of someone who does have children? Can we even ask about the wants and desires of a single ant, or is it more relevant to ask what it feels like to be an ant colony, with its powerful survival instincts and layers of sterile female castes? A(U)NTS! is a project that looks at these largely childless, largely female, rigorously organized societies of tiny insects and explores their intersection with and potential as a model for human women: for how we think about our roles in our families, our relationship to our gender, our relationship to the duties associated with our gender, and even our conception of our own bodies and brains.
Workshop at The Quickening in May 2023. Directed by Julia Sirna-Frest. With Zoë Geltman, Megan Hill, and Jehan O. Young.
KILLIN IT (in development)
A web series created by Zoë Geltman and Julia Sirna-Frest set in theater dressing rooms, celebrating backstage life: the ridiculously tight quarters; the actor stuffing grocery store sushi in her mouth before striding gamely onstage; the thinly veiled envy for careers taking off; the desperate discussions of day jobs; the hilarity of everyone's different warm-up rituals; and the absolutely incomparable frenzy, intimacy, and pure joy that arise from making a piece of live theater with other humans.
This Dump Is A Dump
Does everything mean something really big? Or does it mean nothing at all? Or do the things you thought mean nothing actually mean the most? A meditation on anxiety.
Bushwick Starr Reading Series, curated by William Burke, John Del Gaudio and Daaimah Mubashshir. Directed By Julia Sirna-Frest. Performed by Corinne Donly, Layla Khoshnoudi, and Nikaury Rodriguez.
A surrealist jaunt through office politics, friendship, the writing process, and the very strange experience of being a person living and eating in America.
Premiered at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in April, 2015. Directed by Julia Sirna-Frest. Performed by Ugo Chukwu, Zoë Geltman and Maggie Fignotti Katz.
SEA FRAUD had a developmental workshop at Dixon Place in June 2015. Directed by Julia Sirna-Frest and performed by Nikki Calonge, Zoë Geltman and Maggie Fignotti Katz. It was also developed at Dragon's Egg Studio.